Introduction to Volunteering at Airedale Hospital

Since it was opened in 1970 as the district hospital for the area, Airedale General Hospital has been helped and supported by hundreds of hospital volunteers,whether working as individuals or through general organisations such as the Friends of Airedale and dedicated support groups.

This involvement has been appreciated, not only by patients, but also by hospital management and staff over the years. The Trust acknowledges the very valuable contribution made by volunteers and regards them as part of the hospital team.

The Trust is committed to engaging volunteers in meaningful roles and supports them in their wide-ranging activities that enhance our services and add value to the patient and family experience. The Trust ensures that volunteers are well placed, inducted, trained and supported throughout their volunteering to achieve the best possible practice and service. The Trust currently has over 350 volunteers that carryout over 30 different roles across the wards and departments.


Why Volunteer?

You can make a big impact in helping patients. We work alongside the medical staff to do those things that improve the patient experience like helping patients with getting to hospital, eating and organising social events. We are proud of the contribution our volunteers make.

Whilst Trustees are unpaid, expenses can be claimed.

However, volunteering is a two-way street, and it can benefit you as much as helping others. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.

Procedure to become a Volunteer

Your application will follow a strict procedure to protect patients set down by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

You will receive a welcome pack with details of how to apply to become a volunteer at Airedale General Hospital.

The welcome pack will include an application form together with other information about volunteering.

You fill in the application form and return it to the Voluntary Services Department. They will process your application, including taking up the references you have given.

Once the replies has been received from the references and they are satisfactory, you will be asked to attend an informal interview with the Voluntary Services Manager. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check form, Occupational Health forms and training workbook will also be enclosed and these should be filled in and brought to the interview.

You will be asked at the interview your preference for which department to volunteer with. If there are no vacancies the interviewer will suggest other areas which need help.

Once all the checks are complete and approved, you will be contacted to arrange to start on your chosen activity.

If training is necessary you will be shown by another experienced volunteer or a member of the nursing staff.

To Register to become a Volunter please contact:

Gurmit Jahul - Voluntary Services Manager

Airedale General Hospital

Direct Line: 01535 295316


Download the Application Form